Planting Centipede is fairly
straightforward and similar to many other lawns. One of the
key considerations is the soil temperature required for
centipede seed to germinate. The recommendation is that soil
temperature be above 70 degrees before planting centipede.
However, there are many that plant centipede at other times of
the year and use a “nurse crop” to anchor the seed in place
until the climate conditions are right. Annual
is commonly used as a
nurse crop when preparing a seed bed in the fall. Annual rye
will quickly establish itself and anchor the bed and other
components in place so that the centipede will have a chance
to germinate and establish itself once Spring and Summer
come. Another popular Nurse Crop is Carpetgrass, typically used in early
spring when the temperatures are not quite warm enough for
centipede but warm enough for the Carpetgrassgrass.
the Seed bed, Grade, smooth and level the lawn, remove debris
such as stones twigs etc. Lightly tilling the first several
inched of soil will also help loosen and provide a good
foundation for your grass seed. Work in a good starter
fertilizer. Fertilizers such as a 28-24-6 would be ideal. You need
a fertilizer that has a generous amount of nitrogen (28)
and a higher rate of phosphorous then usual. (24) the phosphorous
will encourage vigorous root growth in your new lawn helping
it to establish itself into a dense turf.
Spread the Centipede seed at the rate of 1 pound per 2000
square feet, rake the seed in to a depth of
½” and if needed, use straw as a light mulch to prevent
erosion. Water daily for 30 days to give all of the seed a
good chance to germinate.
Over Seeding Existing
existing lawn as close as possible without scalping it. Rake
or scratch the soil and apply the seed over it at the rate of
½ to 1 Pound per 2000 Square feet follow mulching and watering
instructions as listed above.
Sprigging and Plugging
Centipede can also be planted by
Sprigging and Plugging. This is generally more time consuming.
Rhizomes can be planted every 8 to 12 inches. Each of the
Rhizomes (or stolons) should have at least 2 nodes (joints)
and should be planted 1 to 2 inches deep. Sprigs can also be
broadcast over the area to be planted and covered with a thin
layer of soil. When plugging, sod should be cut into sections
of 2 to 4 inches and planted 6 to 12 inches of center from
sprigging or plugging it is worth noting that the closer the
plugs or sprigs are set the quicker the new lawn will be to
establish itself. Keep the area moist (but not soggy) and do
not now until new growth is seen. Do not mow if the soil is
wet as you run the risk of pulling the centipede out of the
soil if the roots have not established themselves yet.
WARNING, Do not use any weed and
feed fertilizers or weed preventative applications when